This Event 20/20 BAS review will help you to figure out whether this is a monitor that you can make your own.
You may be thinking that you are experiencing a little dejavu when you hear the 20/20 Bass name but you are not Event actually had a great deal of success with the Event Bas 20/20 in the 90’s but this one is a little bit different.
The prior Event BAS 20/20 was built for price. The cardboard bass port was held together with a cord (as in string). Oddly enough even given the really cheap materials that were used to craft the V I and VII the speaker sounded great.
The Event BAS 20/20 V I and VII actually caught on and started to appear in studios and on locations.
By 2006 the “Event” brand had been sold to Freedman Electronics. Freedman Electronics is the parent to Rode of Australia.
Peter Freedman decided at the time of the sale to just discontinue every single one of the products that the Event catalog offered.
He brought together a rather impressive team to revamp all of the Event products. The team was a who’s who or audio engineers.
The team consists of some pretty impressive industry names like Marcelo Vercelli a former member of Mackie became the Engineering Director, Anibal Yusem a QSC designer joined the team.
They structured their physical locations oddly closes to the Mackie headquarters. Their first new innovation came in the form of the high end “Opal”. The Opal really grabbed the industries attention.
The relaunch of the 20/20 BAS was being requested by industry professionals who were happy with the original but the Freedman folks were not so willing to simply use the same design spec again.
They wanted an opportunity to make the 20/20 BAS something that they could be proud of. Maybe it was the string that turned them off to the design?
A lot of industry insiders were happy to have the original back on the market and voiced their opinion.
Ultimately Freedman heard the users and set about improving the BAS 20/20 to better represent what they hoped the Event brand could become.
Since one of the major tenets of the users was the exceptionally low price, Freedman decided to send the BAS 20/20 to China for production to keep the cost relatively low.
After a couple of years in R&D the “new” BAS 20/20 was revealed. So what’s different? Well everything! This monitor is front ported and offers a frequency response that ranges from 35Hz-20kHz (+/-) 2dB.
The 7.1 bass driver has a one inch Ferro fluid cooled dome tweeter that ensures nice even highs. It has a mineral filled LF driver, fiberglass voice coil.
The crossover frequency is 2.3kHz between the drives. According to the manufacturer the SPL peak is 108dB.
The SPL long term according to the literature is 105 db. Each of the SPL is measured at one meter.
There is a magnet for field canceling that is attached to each driver which will reduce interference with CRT monitors.
Each driver is powered by 2 class A/B amps. They can hand down a nice amount of power when you need it. You get 120W of power for the woofer and 80W of power for the tweeter!
There is an aluminum heat sink to keep it all cool. There is a filter that attenuates anything that is below 30 Hz.
Freedman also made sure that there is necessary protection incorporated into the design to protect against overheating.
The cabinet is also nice and chunky. It is relatively heavy at 17kg because it is constructed out of durable MDF that is 15mm’s thick. This cabinet far exceeds the construction of the previous earlier released monitor by the same name.
The cabinet still holds true to the original styling so that purists get that no frills look that they were so happy to have with the original BAS 20/20 but you can tell that it is a better quality.
The baffle is a flat or matte looking black and the drivers are set flush. There is a ring with the 20/20 BAS logo with the Event logo that lights up as an indicator that the power is on.
The back panel has a grille that covers the heat sink. The back panel is also home to the rotary controls that adjust the gains and that separates the low and high frequency shelving.
The low frequency adjustment feature is a great way to set up compensation for room placement. The high frequency controller can be used to the user’s preference.
The main power used the typical IEC socket and the power switch is set right above the power supply. There is also a voltage selector that allows for switching between 230V and 115V.
How Does It All Come Together?
Of course all the technical specs sound great. The cabinet looks fantastic but what really matters is whether the BAS 20/20 works!
This monitor works really well at the mid-range and at the high end. There are a few things that jump right out at you about this monitor.
The first thing any skilled listener will notice is the details. In some cases, you get the details but it is coupled with abrasive sound but not with this monitor.
There is a great balance that this monitor offers. It offers depth, neutrality and very little smearing. At this price point these monitors are really tough to beat.
Now if you are going to compare the Event BAS 20/20 to say the Event Opal of course you are going to hear some differences because the Opbal is in a far different price class.
They are nice and comfortable to work with. You can count on a reduction in fatigue when you use this monitor.
They will easily reveal sounds that you have missed over and over again.
Another real plus with this monitor is that they present vocal sounds very naturally which most monitors at this price point have not mastered.
Typically, natural sounding vocals both spoken and sung are only really noticeable on the pricier monitors.
This monitor will point out to you when your mixes are aggressive and when they are not aggressive enough.
You will be able to pick up right away whether your mix is well balanced or if it needs to be polished a bit more to get a better sound.
You will be able to see if your bass needs to tightened up or not. Basically if you need it done these monitors are going to point out what you need to do.
These monitors are hard to beat at this price point. They are as loud as you need them to be and then some. The mid-range is nicely neutral, they offer a wide range of frequencies and even the cabinet looks great.
To put it mildly they are shockingly amazing. You would not expect to get this much well-balanced sound out of monitors that are this affordable.
Freedman made the right choice when they reengineered the Event 20/20 BAS it was a good choice on their part and they have really revitalized the brand by making this smart move.
Between the success of the Opal and now the incredible revamping of the Event 20/20 BAS the Event brand is really taking their share of the market.
Freedman found the perfect balance between what the Event BAS 20/20 was and what it needed to become. Even the original fans of the original Event 20/20 BAS are happy to report that they were happy that Freedman decided to improve upon the original.
In hindsight looking at the Event 20/20 BAS it is actually clear that while the original and the new release share the same name beyond the similar cabinet design the two really do not have a lot in common.
The newly released Event 20/20 BAS is a far superior monitor to its predecessor that bears the same name. Anyone that had the original Event 20/20 BAS would likely be blown away by the improved sound and function. It is simply a better monitor than anyone would expect at this price point.
If you need fairly priced monitors that you can rely on for honest sound than you should be looking at the Event 20/20 BAS. Why not pay less and get more than you expect?
Being in this industry you know that keeping up with the cost of equipment can be cost prohibitive. If you can save on equipment without having to make a sacrifice in performance you should take it.
The Event 20/20 BAS brings quite a bit to the table at any price point so it is even nicer that the price point is affordable.
There are a few things that can be improved but frankly for what you pay for this monitor the need for minor improvements can easily be overlooked. This monitor is a good bet!